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Friday, January 14, 2022

Yarn and Audio Books a Plenty

 

Chipping away on A Blanket of Many Colors.  The squares closest to you are now joined together.  I tried stitching them initially, but decided I didn't like the look and so returned crocheting them together...which is what I do 99% of the time.  I like the ridge that's created on the front side.  

Row 2 is laid out needing one more square each for the left block (teal green center) and blue on the right side, while melon will be the primary color in the middle block.



The baby blanket is growing nicely too.  In my last picture there 71 stitches on the needles, now there are 100.  It measured 20 inches previously and is now 31 inches, and you can start to see the blue fading, getting lighter and some white is now showing up.  Stay tuned.

Yet another WWII book, this book, "The Things we Cannot Say is by Kelly Rimmer.  I've read others she's written and have enjoyed them all todate.  Warsaw 1942 15 year old Alina with plans to marry her best friend, Tomasz doesn't understand what war does to people, to family, to friends, to neighbors.  The cruelty of war is hard lesson to learn.  Secrets abound.  I highly recommend this book in either it's written format or audio.  Personally, I enjoy audio far more than reading.  I like to do multiple things at the same time, knitting, cleaning, walking and listening for example.  PLUS...I like the drama that you hear and feel with audio books, for me missing when you read.  To hear the accents and how words and names are pronounced is more to my liking.

I've continued my quest to walk or ride bikes almost daily and to do planks 2 days running with the 3rd day being an off day.  I can't say this has been 100% of the time in these past 2 weeks but, pleased to say I'm hitting 95%.  Good luck to all trying to exercise.  Let's encourage each other.


18 comments:

  1. I love the fade on the blanket and your blanket of many colours is coming along nicely.

    God bless.

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    1. I am also enjoying seeing the fade of the blanket. You look at a big ball of yarn and you just don't know how it will be until you start working on it. And the colorful ghan has me quite entertained, looking at the possibilities.

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  2. Well done on the exercise front. I have never warmed to audio books. I like to concentrate on the book of the moment rather than multi-skilling. The baby blanket is looking very inviting.

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    1. My daughter is more like you with preferring the written word. Somehow I feel like I should be or could be doing other things if I just read; so for me I'm reading far more than I otherwise would with the audio books.

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  3. Your knitted blanket is going to be beautiful with all of the colors of your yarn and so warm, too. I have to say, I needed to take a break from reading WWII stories. I've read a lot of them and most have been very good. I enjoy listening to books so I can do other things, too. :)

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    1. What did you switch to after WWII, I need to branch out a bit I think as well.

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  4. The ombre baby blanket is very pretty. I do like those squares. I usually connect using crochet also. I read several books set during the war last summer and I don't think I can read another though this one looks interesting. I have been walking the neighborhood where I work each day (very hilly) and trying to work with weights at home. I need to get/stay in shape for my son's wedding in April.

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    1. Good for you with the walking and weights. I've not tried anything with weights, but have read many times it's important that we do that. So perhaps I need to do some of it. Keep up the walking and thanks for the visit.

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  5. The blankets are looking great. I look forwrad to seeing the lovely ombre shades on the baby blanket too. I have done a bit of yogalates today but was doing a supine plank, which I think is much easier than your one!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. I need to look up supine plank to see what you're doing Ellie. We all need to do what works for us. Important thing is, we're doing something.

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  6. I admire your skills at multitasking. I think it's great that you do audio books. I don't know how I'd get that going into a routine, but it's worth figuring out.
    Cheers.

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    1. Hi Robyn. When alone I use my phone or ipad turned up, but if hubby is home working I plug in my earphones, not as easy than to do household things, but can knit nicely that way. I use Libby, the app through the library.

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  7. Your blanket is lovely.
    I enjoy audio books too
    High Fives on your workout plans!!

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    1. Thanks for the visit and kind words Carla. Glad you also enjoy audio books.

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  8. That sounds like an interesting book, I've read quite a few WWII themed books lately, though I've never tried an audio book. I must admit that I do enjoy sitting down and reading the words myself, not sure I'd get on with audio.

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    1. If you can recommend any additional WWII books, sing out. I find that period in our history fascinating.

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  9. A Blanket of Many Colors is coming along nicely and is looking good. I will have to mention that book to my in-laws to see if they have read it because sounds like they would enjoy it. And great job on the exercising... keep it up.

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    1. Thanks for the visit, let me know if you in laws read the book. I really enjoyed it.

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